Dyson, George: Woodland Suite for Strings. Full score
With optional Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon.
This four-movement suite was first published in 1918 by Joseph Williams (now part of Stainer & Bell) as In Pixieland for Solo Violin or Flute and Piano. In 1921 string parts were added and then in 1930 optional parts for flute, oboe, clarinet in A or B flat and bassoon became available, making the work ideally suited for school or amateur orchestra. In 1999 the Sir George Dyson Trust decided that the original title was slightly out of tune with the times and it was changed to Woodland Suite.
In 2007, the piece was recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox and issued on the Chandos label (CHAN 10439) alongside a number of Dyson’s choral works.
The recording has created new interest in this early suite, which is again available for sale in all versions.